02 Apr 3 Reasons Guys Need Other Guys
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about men—particularly men in our church. Now that Storyline has moved beyond portable to a permanent location, there are new opportunities for discipleship ministry.
Here are three reasons I believe guys need other guys that have surfaced as I’ve begun preparing for our next men’s study, Disciplines of a Godly Man.
1. Men are easily distracted creatures.
No man sets out to be a workaholic or sees himself one day abandoning God and family. It’s a slow and natural drift. Over time, most men do confess that they have gone away from their key priorities. “Investing in spiritual growth” sits on our Someday/Maybe list.
2. Men are more open with one another.
By nature, men want their wives to look to them for strength. A man feels like confessing fear, shame, and uncertainty to his bride will make him appear weak. He doesn’t want her to feel insecure so he keeps his “I’m doing fine” face on. When men gather with other men, these masks come off more freely. This is essential for growth (James 5:16).
3. Men are less inclined to search for helps.
It is no secret that the vast majority of Christian resources are sold to women. For some reason, ladies are more willing to go and find great tools. Reading a great book with other men, and sharing how we are mutually convicted—this is a rare and fruitful exercise for dudes.
I believe that men sharpening men is the best way to grow men.